Safety Recommendation A-88-159
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Synopsis: ABOUT 1825 ON NOVEMBER 23, 1987, A BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION 1900C (BE 1900), N401RA, OPERATED BY RYAN AIR SERVICE, INC., CRASHED SHORT OF RUNWAY 3 AT THE HOMER AIRPORT, HOMER, ALASKA. FLIGHT 103 WAS A SCHEDULED TITLE 14 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR) PART 135 FLIGHT OPERATING FROM KODIAK, ALASKA, TO ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, WITH INTERMEDIATE STOPS IN HOMER AND KENAI. BOTH FLIGHTCREW MEMBERS AND 16 PASSENGERS WERE FATALLY INJURED; 3 PASSENGERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION: EPEDITE THE PUBLICATION AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ON AIRPLANE ACCESS POINTS, FIRE HAZARD ZONES, INTERIOR FUSELAGE ARRANGEMENTS, THE MASTER POWER SWITCH, AND BATTERY LOCATIONS FOR AIRPLANES WITH 10 OR MORE SEATS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: HOMER, AK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MA005
Accident Reports:
Report #: AAR-88-11
Accident Date: 11/23/1987
Issue Date: 1/17/1989
Date Closed: 6/20/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: National Fire Protection Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Fire Protection Association
Date: 6/20/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE NFPA HAS REVISED & REISSUED NFPA 402M, "MANUAL FOR AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIRE FIGHTING OPERATIONS," TO INCLUDE INFO ON THE RECOMMENDED AREAS. BECAUSE THIS ACTION IS RESPONSIVE TO THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION, A-88-159 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: National Fire Protection Association
To: NTSB
Date: 4/3/1995
Response: MR. CONROY INFORMED ME THAT HE WROTE TO 11 AIRFRAME MANUFACTURERS IN JULY OF 1989 TO REQUEST AIRCRAFT ARRANGMENT FIGURES FOR AIRCRAFT WITH 10 OR MORE SEATS. I FEEL THAT THIS SHOULD SATISFY THE NTSB RECOMMENDATION THAT NFPS PUBLISH & DISSEMINATE INFO ON AIRCRAFT ACCESS POINTS, FIRE HAZARD ZONES, INTERIOR FUSELAGE ARRANGEMENTS, THE MASTER POWER SWITCH, & BATTERY LOCATIONS FOR AIRPLANES WITH 10 OR MORES SEATS.

From: NTSB
To: National Fire Protection Association
Date: 3/6/1995
Response: TO DATE, THE BOARD HAS NOT RECEIVED AN UPDATED RESPONSE SINCE THE ORIGINAL RESPONSE DATED 1/31/89 (COPY ENCLOSED). IN THIS RESPONSE, THE NFPA SAID THAT A TECHNICAL COMMITTEE HAD JUST REWRITTEN NFPA 402M, "AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIRE FIGHTING OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES" & WAS PLANNING ON PRESENTING IT FOR ADOPTION AT THE 1989 ANNUAL MEETING. IT HAS BEEN OVER 5 YEARS SINCE THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED A RESPONSE TO THE RECOMMENDATION. WE WOULD APPRECIATE A RESPONSE INDICATING WHAT ACTION THE NFPA HAS TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: National Fire Protection Association
Date: 5/5/1989
Response: Thank you for your response to the National Transportation Safety Board's Safety Recommendation A-88-159. This safety recommendation concerns the need for crash crew charts, as published in National Fire Protection Agency Document 402M, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Operational Procedures, 1984, to contain additional information in aircraft configuration. The Safety Board notes that this item is scheduled to be placed on the 1989 agenda of the Technical Committee on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. The Safety Board is interested in rapid implementation of this recommendation. We are concerned that full implementation of this safety recommendation may take two years, assuming favorable action at the 1989 Technical Committee meeting, accomplishment of needed manual changes, approval at the May 1990 Annual Meeting, and printing and distribution. The Safety Board requests that possible ways to hasten this effort be considered. Pending further information, Safety Recommendation A-88-159 is classified as "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: National Fire Protection Association
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1989
Response: WE SHARE YOUR CONCERN THAT AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING CREWS OFTEN DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE OR INFORMATION OF INTERIOR FUSELAGE ARRANGEMENTS, MASTER POWER SWITCH LOCATIONS AND BATTERY LOCATIONS WHEN RESPONDING TO AVIATION ACCIDENTS.